Lynn hopes GP2 win has put him in running for F1 seat


Williams reserve driver Alex Lynn hopes that his victory in the GP2 Series feature race in Hungary last weekend has put him in the running for a full-time Formula 1 seat for 2016.

Lynn entered GP2 at the beginning of 2015 off the back of winning last year’s GP3 championship, and has claimed two victories in the first half of his rookie year in the series.

The British driver converted his maiden GP2 pole in Hungary last weekend into an impressive race win that he hopes will put his name in the mix for an F1 seat in 2016.

“Short-term the win is obviously a great way to go in to the summer break,” Lynn told Press Association. “We delivered the promise I think we have been intending to show for quite some time.

“It was a big statement from me in my first year in GP2 to get my first feature race win, it is not an easy thing to do and hopefully the powers that be will see that.”

Lynn is thought to be in the running for a seat at Williams in 2016 should Valtteri Bottas move to Ferrari as speculation suggests, and feels that his victory in Hungary came at a perfect time.

“It has been well-documented what is potentially going on with the driver market so at the end of the day I have put my name in the hat with that win in Hungary, it was good timing for that kind of thing,” Lynn said.

“The driver market seems to open up in the summer break so I think it will definitely put me in the frame. It was perfect timing really.”

Lynn will get his next chance to impress at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium at the end of August in support of the Belgian Grand Prix.